The nation was shocked as we watched Carlie Brucia
physically being taken from someone who meant her
After seeing the video tape of Carlie being
walked out of sight, the Sarasota police and
people in the area
immediately set off a chain of events that
find the killer within a short period of time.
did no good as Carlie was found murdered behind a
Church not far from the carwash area where she was
It was found that the alleged killer, Joseph P.
Smith, a Florida
resident had a history of criminal
activities who in 1997 was
arrested in Manatee county for kidnapping and
charges, but was acquitted for this one year later.
He has a history of thirteen arrests for
drug and other
related charges. He is the father of three
Carlie was a well loved eleven year old with a
ahead of her. Her principal said she was a shining
has gone out on earth but in heaven she still
Carlie was originally born on Long Island and
moved to Flordia
as a child. Her grandparents still live on Long
Our hearts go out to her Mother, and every member
her family that feels the awful pain of the loss
of this most
precious child. There are no words that can soothe
hearts and souls. We can only pray that this man
who is accused
of this horrendous crime is dealt with swiftly and
that he is
same justice that he gave to this little girl in life.
Each time I write about these things in life my
heart is broken.
I can't for
the life of me understand how the "good" in life
balance the "evil" that exists in it.
Sheriff Bill Balkwill
cried as he
spoke of finding Carlie dead and as he sadly
removed the ribbon he had placed on his
their search for Carlie at the news
conference, along with
another officer. Their heartbreak was visibly
I am always in awe of those who are doing
to find a way to deal with these horrors in
life. These are
truly the heroes of our life who actually live
on a regular basis and must go through such pain
For me Carlie's innocence lives on and
as a tribute to the heart and soul of a
May God Bless Carlie, we know that she is safely
His Arms. Please pray for the family and the
friends who will
feel her loss in the years to come. Life goes on,
of love live on too. God Bless you all.
~ Francine Pucillo ~
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